Three Weeks in October
A NovelAn Israeli couple’s emotional struggle in the early days of the Yom Kippur War
Amalia and Daniel find their lives thrown into utter chaos when the Yom Kippur War breaks out in October 1973. Amalia volunteers in the burn ward of a military hospital, where she witnesses the carnage firsthand. A badly injured, unidentified solider captures her attention, and she fights to keep him alive as her husband, an undercover intelligence officer, pursues his own mission on the front lines in the Egyptian campaign.
The juxtaposition of Amalia’s life as a civilian doing her best to contribute to the war effort with her husband’s dangerous search for an intelligence operative behind enemy lines illustrates both the mundaneness and the menace of war. In this somber, touching, and reflective novel, Yaël Dayan compellingly depicts the strength and survival of one couple’s marital bond under the most harrowing and heartbreaking of circumstances.
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- Open Road Integrated Media
“Sharp and often heartbreaking.” —Kirkus Reviews
“There is an honesty and a compulsive intensity in the telling of [this] story that haunts us, long after finishing the book.” —The New York Times on New Face in the Mirror
About the author
Yaël Dayan is an Israeli author and political figure. Her father, Moshe Dayan, was the military leader who oversaw the stunning capture of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Like her father, Dayan served in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, of which she was a member for ten years with the Labor Party. An outspoken activist, Dayan has been involved with Peace Now and other organizations fostering the peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians. She has written five novels, including Three Weeks in October, about the Yom Kippur War. Among Dayan's nonfiction works are Israel Journal, a memoir about the Six-Day War, and My Father, His Daughter, a biography of Moshe Dayan.